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Debate Forum 12/1/15

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Need a light? Should the government ban smoking in public housing? By Tim Walker Cigarette smoking, it might be said, is a dying habit. The percentage of American adults who smoke has now reached an all-time low, according to a study released last year by the Centers for Disease Control. The percentage of adults over […]

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Debate Forum 11/24/15

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Personal foul? Fantasy sports flagged in New York By Sarah Sidlow Recently, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said, “time out” to fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel, sending them cease-and-desist notices on the grounds that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state. While gambling (read: casinos) has long been regulated in the […]

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Debate Forum 11/17/15

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Does Alma Matter? Should the University of Missouri’s president have resigned? By Tim Walker   In a move which calls to mind the 1960s and the days of civil rights unrest, anti-war protests and student activism, students attending the University of Missouri were recently successful in their demands that University of Missouri System President Tim […]

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Debate Forum 11/10/15

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Readin’, writin’, really? Do police officers belong in schools? By Tim Walker “When I was young,” an old man once wrote in the Dayton City Paper, “there weren’t any policemen in school. You got out of line, they dragged you to the principal’s office and paddled your little ass.” Times change, however. …Or do they? […]

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Debate Forum 11/03/15

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Sticks and stones… By Tim Walker Immigration, legal and otherwise, is a hot-button issue in politics these days. With inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides, the influx of non-native persons to the United States—and the effectiveness of immigration policies designed to deal with them—have become major issues in the current presidential campaign. Early in their […]

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Debate Forum 10/27

Monopolies, or monoplease? By Tim Walker What if the consumer is shopping for the cheapest price on his monthly digital cable service? Or the best deal on satellite radio? Or, in the state of Ohio, he wants a number of options when visiting a casino? In each of these situations, choices are limited. Why? These […]

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Debate Forum: 10/20

April 10, 2015

What is reasonable? By Tim Walker On Nov. 22, 2014, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was playing with a pellet gun in a city park in Cleveland, Ohio when he was shot twice by police officer Timothy Loehmann, one of two officers who responded to a 911 call which alerted officials to the young man’s actions. Rice […]

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Debate Forum: 10/13

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Is ‘good enough’ good enough? By Timothy Walker James Harrison is a pro linebacker in the National Football League. The Kent State graduate has won two Super Bowl rings during his career, has been to the Pro Bowl multiple times, and has played football professionally since being signed as an undrafted rookie by the Pittsburgh […]

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Debate Forum: 10/06

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U.S. considers dipping toes into international oil exports ‘Texas Tea’ party?   By Tim Walker Photo: The broasted combination platter at Mel-O-Dee drive in The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that they will vote this month on a bill to lift the decades-long ban on U.S. crude oil exports. Ending the ban, which was […]

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Debate Forum 09/29

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CEO for POTUS? By Tim Walker Americans no longer trust politicians—as if they ever did. In April of 2015, the Pew Research Center released the results of a poll, which stated that fewer than one in four Americans trusted the federal government “most of the time.” Similarly, a 2014 Harvard Institute of Politics survey revealed […]

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Debate Forum 09/22

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With friends like these… By Tim Walker Here are a few sobering statistics: according to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death in this country for young people aged 10 to 24. It takes 4,600 young lives each year, and more teenagers—more than those who die from cancer, heart […]

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Debate Forum 09/15

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“Repent, sodomites!” says Kentucky clerk By Tim Walker   Kim Davis, 49, is currently the Clerk for Rowan County, a small county tucked into the foothills of the Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. A Democrat, she was elected to that position in 2014 and assumed office on Jan. 5 of this year. In […]

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Debate Forum: 09/08

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Go online. Get screwed. Hacking Ashley Madison By Tim Walker   fi-del-i-ty (n) – faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support. It goes without saying; there was a shocking lack of fidelity at AshleyMadison.com. Since its launch in 2001, Ashley Madison, a popular online dating website based in Canada […]

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Debate Forum: 08/25

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Use your core What exactly are we teaching our children? By Sarah Sidlow There’s a blissful, almost exciting moment when some nugget of information you learned in elementary school finally becomes applicable to the real world. It’s even more exciting when you not only remember the concept, but how to apply it. For those of […]

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Debate Forum 09/01

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Anchors away? Are babies born to illegal aliens Americans? By Tim Walker What makes you an American citizen? The Constitution, for one thing. Most interpret it as saying that if you were born in this country, then you are automatically, by definition, a citizen of the United States, with all the rights and privileges that […]

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Debate Forum: 07/14

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Forum Center: Hit the road, frack New York bans controversial practice By Sarah Sidlow To frack, or not to frack? For some time, that has been the question. Questions also include: what the frack is fracking? Fracking—high-volume hydraulic fracturing for those keeping score at home—involves blasting huge amounts of water, sand and chemicals (dubbed by […]

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The kids are alright…and the nannies and billies, too

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In this fast-paced world of immediate answers and non-stop connectivity, there is a real need for us to unplug and […]

Debate 5/22: Blurred lines create travel tensions

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Have you ever heard of an emotional support mouse? What about an emotional support hedgehog, or mini pig? (Can we […]

Pups on the run

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Did you know that the Humane Society of Greater Dayton (HSGD) has been “Finding Great Homes For Great Pets” since […]

Catfé society in St. Anne’s Hill

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Last spring I wrote a piece introducing readers to a Dayton first: The Gem City Catfé, which officially opened its […]

The new Splash Moraine?

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What happens when you have dogs leaping through the air, splashing into a pool and swimming frantically after a toy? […]